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      May 11, 2002:

-Hintz Battles Through Close Match For 2002 WIBC Senior Queens Title

05/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      WAUWATOSA, Wis., - It took two three-game matches and a one-game roll off, but proved well worth the wait for Shirley Hintz, Cocoa, Fla., as she won the third annual Women's International Bowling Congress Senior Queens title Friday at AMF Bowlero Lanes.

      Hintz defeated Pam Buckner, Reno Nev., 215-198, in a one-game roll off after splitting a pair of three-game matches. Hintz, a three-time WIBC Tournament champion, won the first match 588-534 to force a second match since it was Buckner's first loss in the double-elimination match play format.

      Buckner, a WIBC Hall of Famer, forced the extra game with a strike on her final ball to forge a 551-551 tie. Buckner rallied from an 86-pin deficit with a 235-149 last game. But Hintz put together a clean roll off game to capture the title.

      "This is huge because I'm 55 years old," Hintz said. "If you win in your 20s you can take it in stride. At 55 it makes it special, it really does."

      Hintz received a prize check of $2,650 including $25 for each her six match victories plus a crystal trophy and a jeweled tiara.

      Hintz, a native of nearby Fond du Lac, Wis., had many old friends in the audience. Also attending were daughters Corinne and Charlene, sons Christopher and Chad, and fiancé Louie Levens who flew in Friday morning to watch.

      "It's such a Mother's Day present," Hintz said. "Corinne asked ‘do I have to get you a Mother's Day card now.' Whether I won or lost, I am very blessed to have Lou in my life and I have the best kids.

      "Bowling here, seeing a lot of people I haven't seen in years was very nice. Throughout the week a lot of people came and visited."

      Although no stranger to competition, this was Hintz's first year competing in the WIBC Senior Queens Tournament. Prior to this year's victory, Hintz has won several former WIBC titles including 1993 Open Division Team, 1982 Open Doubles and 1994 Classic Team. She also won five titles in the 2001 WIBC/American Bowling Congress Mixed Championships.

      The WIBC Senior Queens Tournament, which began Monday, included an original field of 86 participants who bowled eight qualifying games, four each on Monday and Tuesday. The top 22 players advanced for another four qualifying games Wednesday morning before the cut to match play. Then the remaining 16 players competed in three-game matches to determine the final two competitors.

      The WIBC Senior Queens, sponsored by Storm, was open to all WIBC members age 55 and over. The event was conducted on WIBC/American Bowling Congress Sport Bowling lane conditions. Sport Bowling is an optional membership level for WIBC and ABC members designed to emphasize accuracy and consistency and return credibility to the sport.

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